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How to Cut Fiber Optic Lights "I Made it At the TechShop"

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When working with Fiber Optic lights you will have to cut the fibers according to your liking.
What you should have before we start is

1. Pocket Cutter
2. Fiber Optic Lights
3. 400 Grit Sanding Film
 
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Step 1: Insert Ends of Fiber Optics Lights into Holes of Pocket Cutter

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Step 2: Cut and Release

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Step 3: Sand Down Tip For Optimal Light

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San the tip on 400 grit starter, use a pink film to polish it off. 
Do this about 20 times. If light doesn't isn't optimal try again.

Step 4: Light Up!

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You should be able to see Fiber Optic lights at the tip of each end. If this doesn't happen repeat steps.
Jake Maverick3 months ago

I'm currently working on a project- the plan was to have fibreoptics running all around the sides...and to cut/ scrape the sides slightly so light would bleed out all the way along. Doesn't seem to work- surprisingly difficult to cut little nicks into fibreoptic without it snapping when you try to bend it. Tried sanding all away along the fibres as well- just doesn't work. Anybody know a way to do what i'm trying to accomplish?

MikB1 year ago
If these are plastic fibres, then go nuts! Also, you can polish/round the end using a flame (carefully) to improve light transmission.

If these are glass fibres, be very careful to account for every single little piece you cut off as they are horrid things that can end up in your skin/eyes. And that's not fun.